Taoyuan's Shihmen Reservoir faces water shortage: agency
By Linger Liu , The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Shihmen Reservoir (石門水庫) in Taoyuan County is encountering water shortage problems, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said yesterday.
February 20, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The reservoir's water supply has dropped due to insufficient rain, flashing the green light, indicating drought-like conditions, according to the WRA. The agency said it is working on a solution to the problem, which is expected to affect the New Taipei City area.
Low Level Requires Solutions
The WRA said the reservoir's water level has fallen alarmingly. The water level stood at only 239.97 meters on Feb. 18, at 79.9 percent capacity.
To stabilize the water supply for use by domestic households during the dry season, the agency said it has requested Taiwan Water Corp. to reallocate the water from Dahan River (大漢溪) and Sanxia District.
The agency said Taiwater will also use the supplies from Taipei Feitsui Reservoir (翡翠水庫), and only use water from Shihmen Reservoir when absolutely necessary.
Regarding irrigation water supply for agriculture, the WRA said offering a stable supply during peak wet rice cultivation periods is its top priority. The agency will also control the water supplies for domestic and industrial uses to balance reservoir capacity.
The agency has invited the Central Weather Bureau, Taiwater, Taipei City's Water Department, and Irrigation and Water Conservancy Associations to discuss drought management measures.